CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Francis E. Henry Stadium will play host to a top-five Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey game on Saturday afternoon, with No. 2 North Carolina meeting No. 5 Virginia at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. And although the matchup promises to be one of the best of the season, the entertainment won't stop there, with a host of activities and events planned around the game.
There is no charge for admission for regular-season UNC field hockey games at Henry Stadium. For directions to the stadium, click here. If you can't make it to Henry Stadium, watch live on ESPN3.
- Saturday marks UNC's annual Field Hockey Field Day, with fun beginning at 11 a.m. on the practice fields behind Henry Stadium. There will be inflatable games and other field day activities for all, and lunch will be provided for members of the Carolina Kids Club who have RSVPed for the event. (For more on the Carolina Kids Club, click here.)
- The game is Turn it Pink Day, part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's month-long Turn the Town Pink effort on behalf of breast cancer awareness and support. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. The first 200 fans will receive pink pom-pons. In addition, students who wear pink to the game can register for a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.
- This fall marks the five-year anniversary of UNC's undefeated 2007 season, and the national championship team will gather at the game and be recognized on the field at halftime. That squad dominated, winning all 24 of its games en route to NCAA and ACC crowns, a school-record 16 shutouts and the highest semester GPA in team history. Team members have traveled in from all over the U.S. for the weekend.
The Tar Heels are 14-1 this fall, 3-0 in ACC play, and coming off two shutout road wins last weekend, 4-0 at Boston College on Saturday and 6-0 over Dartmouth Sunday in a neutral-site game played at B.C. Sophomore Charlotte Craddock currently leads the team in goals with 14, and senior Kelsey Kolojejchick is second with 12 while leading the nation in assists with 19. In the Tar Heels' balanced attack, 15 different players have scored at least one goal this season, with seven (including Craddock and Kolojejchick) having scored at least four. Five UNC players rank among the ACC's top 12 in goals.
Virginia is 13-2 overall and 2-0 in ACC play. Among the Cavaliers' wins is a 3-2 victory over defending NCAA champion Maryland on Sept. 28. UVa is coming off a weekend in which it also had two shutouts, 4-0 over Yale and 7-0 over No. 19 New Hampshire. Senior Paige Selenski leads the ACC in points (52 on 21 goals and 10 assists), and she and teammate Elly Buckley hold the conference's top two spots in goals with 21 and 15, respectively. (Craddock ranks third and Kolojejchick fourth.)
There is no charge for admission for regular-season UNC field hockey games at Henry Stadium. For directions to the stadium, click here.